Bindi Irwin Starts Fundraiser for a Women Owned Wildlife Protection Organization

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Bindi Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, have started a fundraiser to support The Black Mambas, an all-women anti-poaching initiative.

Activist and conservationist Bindi Irwin is using social media to support and showcase The Black Mambas, a South African based anti-poaching unit run completely by women to protect animals, fauna, and wildlife resources in their country.

Anti-poaching is the act of protecting public or privately owned pieces of land and the creatures within it from poachers, which are people who illegally trespass to hunt and capture wild animals.

Bindi, who helps run her late father’s wildlife conservation center, Australia Zoo, took to Instagram to explain what the powerful women-run unit does and why they need our help to protect the environment, it’s animals, and the people risking their lives to do so.

 

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The Black Mambas are not just protecting and patrolling South African land in an effort to keep their precious wildlife safe, but they are also educating their community about poaching and conservation through leading by example.

“By establishing community programs, they’re educating the future leaders of society – the children – on the importance of conservation and the ongoing effects of poaching. It’s these programs that help bring the community closer together to celebrate the power of knowledge and install a proud, empathetic and positive attitude towards wildlife and the environment,” Bindi explained in her caption about The Black Mambas.

 

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Chandler and I have started a fundraiser to support @theblackmambas. The Black Mambas are South Africa’s first female anti-poaching unit. With a passion for wildlife conservation, these inspirational women are the voice in the community through their work. In 2019, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors partnered with the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, covering the cost of the Mamba’s wages each year so they can continue to protect the park’s wildlife, and expand the program by training new team members. The Black Mamba base is the heart of the operation. The Mambas work away from their families for weeks on end, sharing the facilities while protecting wildlife from poachers. Wildlife around the base is very common, however, an elephant recently broke into the base and damaged infrastructure. While Wildlife Warriors continues to fund the wages of the Anti-Poaching Unit, they are in desperate need of funds to get the base back online, so they can defend wildlife to the best of their ability. Help us repair and improve the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit Base, so they can continue their inspiring work, saving Africa’s iconic wildlife. The Black Mambas are more than just anti-poaching units. Whilst their main objective is security and protection of the reserve and its wildlife, they bring about real, long-term change through education. By establishing community programs, they’re educating the future leaders of society – the children – on the importance of conservation and the ongoing effects of poaching. It’s these programs that help bring the community closer together to celebrate the power of knowledge and install a proud, empathetic and positive attitude towards wildlife and the environment. Thank you for your support as we work to fundraise for The Black Mambas to continue their extraordinary work. Link in my bio. 💙🙏🏼

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While Bindi and Chandler’s efforts to fundraise for the female-fronted South African organization are coming out amid the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement, Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors have actually been working with The Black Mambas since early 2019.

Just as Bindi wrote, we need to help “repair and improve the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit Base, so they can continue their inspiring work, saving Africa’s iconic wildlife.”